What are the signs and symptoms of the condition?
Barrett's esophagus itself does not cause symptoms. However, people with this condition almost always have symptoms from GERD.
GERD causes burning pain under the breastbone or in the upper abdomen. This pain is often called heartburn. It may increase when the person eats, bends over, or lies down. Antacids usually relieve the pain. Pain may increase at night or cause a person to wake up during the night. Other symptoms of GERD include the following:
belching a sour-tasting liquid
blood in the stool or vomit
cough that does not go away
dental disease, such as erosion of tooth enamel
loss of voice
nausea and vomiting
a need to constantly clear the throat
regurgitating stomach acids up into the throat